Futsal Resources

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General Futsal Resources

Full Futsal Laws

Futsal Guide to Match Day



Simplified Rules

The Court and Ball

  • Games will be played on basketball/netball courts. The goal keeper’s D will be the box marked on the court. This will be demonstrated before the first game.
  • Regulation size 4 futsal balls.
The Number of Players
  • Teams may have a maximum of 12 players per team; 5 players are on the court at one time, 4 court players and 1 goalkeeper.
  • There are unlimited “flying” substitutions. Players can re-enter the game from their own defensive half without notifying the referee. A substitute cannot enter the court until the player coming off has left the court.
  • The referee must be notified if the goalkeeper is changed.
  • All players must be registered to WaiBOP Futsal to be eligible to play. Players can play for more than one team. Players can fill in for teams as long as they are registered to WaiBOP Futsal.
The Player’s Equipment
  • All players within a team must wear the same colour playing shirt, except for the goal keeper who must either wear a different coloured shirt or a bib.
  • All players must wear non-marking footwear.
The Duration of the Match
  • The games will be 2 x 18 minute halves with a 1 minute break for half time. The clock will start on your stated time, so make sure you arrive on time!
The Start and Restart of Play
  • From a kick off, the ball must be played forward. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick off.
  • The opposing team must be outside of the centre circle of the basketball court.
The Ball in and Out of Play
  • When the ball goes out over the sideline, it is then placed on the sideline, or up to 25cm behind the line. From a stationary position, the ball is kicked into the court to another player. All opposing players must be at least 3 metres from the ball.
  • All kick-ins (including corners and free kicks) must be completed within 4 seconds. The 4 seconds begins at the referee’s discretion.
  • The opposing team must be at least 3ms away from the ball for any restart of play.
  • For a ball to be out of play or a goal scored; all of the ball must be over the line.
  • A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-in unless it touches another player.
Free Kicks
  • Players can score from direct free kicks, but not from indirect free kicks.
  • Players have 4 seconds to take a free kick.
  • A free kick can be taken once the referee has blown their whistle.
  • All players must be 3m away from the ball, and behind the line of the ball.
Fouls and Misconduct
  • Sliding and playing on the ground is permitted when not endangering a player.
  • During the game, a referee has the option of using 2 cards (yellow and red). A player is sent off if they receive 2 yellow cards or 1 red card.
  • When a red card or 2 yellows are issued, the player that committed the offence remains off for the duration of the game. After 2 minutes of play, or if the opposing team scores a goal, the team that had a player sent off can play a substitute to make 5 players once again (If a player is sent off they will serve a one match suspension
  • There is NO offside.
Accumulated Fouls
  • A team may commit 5 fouls per half. On the 6th foul, and for every subsequent foul, a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the second penalty mark. The foul count is reset at halftime.
  • The second penalty mark (direct free kick) is 10 metres from the goal line.
The Penalty Kick
  • A penalty kick is awarded if a team commits a direct free kick inside the penalty area.
  • The penalty taker must be identified.
  • All players must be 3m away from the ball, and behind the line of the ball.
Goal Keepers
  • Once a goalkeeper has released the ball, they cannot play the ball again in their own half of the court until there has been a change in possession. If the goalkeeper is in the attacking half, he may then play as if he were a regular court player.
  • Goalkeepers have 4 seconds to control the ball in their own half.
  • Goalkeepers are not allowed to pick up a back pass from any of their team mates.
  • Goalkeepers throw the ball from the goal area to restart from a goal clearance.
  • Goalkeepers can kick the ball from their hands when not a goal clearance.
  • In the Junior leagues only the ball cannot cross half way from the keepers distribution
The Referee
  • Referees have the right to warn, ask to leave or eject from the stadium, any player or spectator whom they feel is bringing the game into disrepute.
  • The Referee’s decision is final.
  • Teams will receive 3 points for a victory and 1 point for a draw.